Professor Tom Rodden announced as EPSRC's Deputy CEO

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Professor Tom Rodden has been appointed as the Deputy CEO of EPSRC, a new position created to work alongside CEO Professor Philip Nelson while he also acts as Chair of RCUK Strategic Executive.

Professor Rodden joins EPSRC on secondment from the University of Nottingham where he is currently Professor of Computing. He takes up his role from 18 April 2016 for a two-year appointment and will continue with some research commitments at the University during this time.

Professor Philip Nelson said: I am delighted that Professor Rodden is joining EPSRC in this new position. His knowledge of EPSRC and his standing within the wider academic and business communities will be invaluable during the challenging period ahead.

Professor Rodden said: I am delighted and honoured to be joining EPSRC as Deputy CEO. I am looking forward to working closely with colleagues across the UK research community to create an environment that delivers world class research.

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Professor Tom Rodden

Tom Rodden is a Professor of Interactive Computing and Director of Research for the Faculty of Science at the University of Nottingham. His research brings together a range of human and technical disciplines, technologies and techniques to tackle the human and technical challenges involved in ubiquitous computing and the increasing use of personal data. He leads the Mixed Reality Laboratory and founded and currently co-directs the Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute.

He has previously directed the EPSRC Equator IRC, a national interdisciplinary research collaboration exploring the place of digital interaction in our everyday world. He is a fellow of the British Computer Society, a Fellow of the ACM and was elected to the ACM SIGCHI Academy in 2009.

He has served as a member of the EPSRC Technical Opportunities Panel (TOP), Societal Issues Panel (SIP) and most recently as a member of the EPSRC's Strategic Advisory Network. He has acted as strategic advisor for a number of UK research councils. He was a member of the UK Research Assessment Exercise panel in 2008 and served on the 2014 REF panel and was deputy convenor of the Hong Kong RAE 2014 computing panel. He has assessed major research endeavours in the US, Australia, Canada and throughout Europe.

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

As the main funding agency for engineering and physical sciences research, our vision is for the UK to be the best place in the world to Research, Discover and Innovate.

By investing £800 million a year in research and postgraduate training, we are building the knowledge and skills base needed to address the scientific and technological challenges facing the nation. Our portfolio covers a vast range of fields from healthcare technologies to structural engineering, manufacturing to mathematics, advanced materials to chemistry. The research we fund has impact across all sectors. It provides a platform for future economic development in the UK and improvements for everyone's health, lifestyle and culture.

We work collectively with our partners and other Research Councils on issues of common concern via Research Councils UK.

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